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Cry Wolf (2005)

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Eight unsuspecting high school seniors at a posh boarding school, who delight themselves on playing games of lies, come face-to-face with terror and learn that nobody believes a liar - even when they're telling the truth.

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Jeff Wadlow

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Erica Yates Erica Yates ... Becky
Julian Morris ... Owen
Lindy Booth ... Dodger
Jane Beard Jane Beard ... Miss McNally
Gary Cole ... Mr. Matthews
Jared Padalecki ... Tom
Jesse Janzen ... Randall
Paul James ... Lewis
Sandra McCoy ... Mercedes
Ethan Cohn ... Graham
Kristy Wu ... Regina
Sabrina Gilbert Sabrina Gilbert ... Game Player
Ashleigh Pixley Ashleigh Pixley ... Game Player
Shauna Sauls Shauna Sauls ... Game Player
Ranel Johnson Ranel Johnson ... Game Player
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Storyline

Nobody believes a liar - even when they're telling the truth. When a young woman is found murdered, a group of local high school students decide to further scare their classmates by spreading online rumors that a serial killer called "The Wolf" is on the loose. By describing "The Wolf's" next victims, the students' game is to see how many people they can convince - and if anyone will uncover the lie. But when the described victims actually do start turning up dead, suddenly no one knows where the lies end and the truth begins. As someone or something begins hunting the students themselves, the game turns terrifyingly real. Written by focus features

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Nobody believes a liar...even when they're telling the truth. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, terror, disturbing images, language, sexuality and a brief drug reference | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 September 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Living the Lie See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,428,209, 18 September 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$10,047,674, 3 November 2005

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,585,495
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Rogue Pictures, Hypnotic See more »
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Certain shots of the high school campus are actually the University of Richmond, VA. See more »

Goofs

(at around 26 mins) When Owen types on the computer for the first time (using instant messenger), at one point he types "Ooh, I'm scared". But when he sends the message through, it now reads "Oooh, I'm scared" (three "o"s instead of two). See more »

Quotes

Randall: Just because you're Tom's new bunk buddy doesn't mean you have to be his bitch.
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Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Friday the 13th, Part 3: 3D (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

10:1
Written by Zach Rogue
Performed by Rogue Wave
Courtesy of Sub Pop Records
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PG-13? Hey, it makes sense for once!
16 September 2005 | by AngryChairrSee all my reviews

A surprisingly intelligent suspense/horror film. Notice the dual title I gave to it? Yeah, that's because it takes elements from both to make a much better movie. I'm really surprised they canceled the critics' screenings for this because I honestly think it would get good reviews from quite a few critics. Maybe I'm wrong.

Either way, it starts off in post-Scream slasher mode before kicking things into gear. It quickly takes on the trappings of the urban legend/parable/whatever that the title is derived from, with a group of spoiled rich kids deciding to trick their private school into thinking there's a killer on campus. Trouble is...there actually might be.

The two leads, Julian Morris and Lindy Booth are both actually very good. Booth, who did almost nothing in the Dawn of the Dead remake, shines brightest, mixing girl-next-door charm with a lying, manipulative alter-ego. And it makes sense because her character uses the former so she can accomplish the latter.

Another surprising stand-out is...Jon Bon Jovi? Yeah, the guy can actually act. He skirts the line a few times but he's definitely believable as an English teacher. His story arc is also kind of funny when you consider his career, and what that likely entailed during the '80s. So once again, not a stretch.

The only flaw I could see with the movie is that it seems a little calculating. At points, it seems like it's intentionally trying to avoid teen horror clichés. For example, a victim is being chased and instead of running out a door, he tries to trick the killer into thinking he has. Smart. Probably too smart for a high school student, but at least it's a change from the same run, scream, hide, run again, knife to the throat routine.

Speaking of that tired old routine and the rating it usually causes, this is probably the first time in years where I actually felt a PG-13 rating was warranted. Making this an R horror movie would've killed any semblance of logic. Here the violence isn't necessarily what's supposed to frighten you. Human nature is. Their lies are what bring about the conclusion, which is infinitely darker than anything Jason Vorhees has ever done.


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